The Dunbar boys' back court, featuring All-Met Tre Kelley and highly regarded transfers Earl Risby and Eric Price, is still a work in progress. But in the Crimson Tide's 70-65 victory over host H.D. Woodson last night in Northeast, the trio showed flashes of just how potent it could be.
Kelley, a senior guard, connected on a three-pointer from the top of the key to give the No. 9 Crimson Tide a 54-53 lead as the third quarter expired in the nonconference D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association game. The play ignited a 13-0 run in which Kelley and Risby combined for nine points as Dunbar grabbed a 64-53 lead.
"This is the first time we've been 4-0 since I've been here," said an elated Kelley, who finished with a game-high 23 points and five rebounds. "We've got so many talented guards that on any given day, any one of us can step up. Last year, we had good players. But this year, I'm not afraid to pass the ball to any of them. I don't have to be the one who handles the ball all the time."
The Warriors (5-3) made 3 of 6 free throws to cut the deficit to 64-58. Then Price (five points) and Risby (17 points and six assists) helped Dunbar pull away.
Price, who transferred during the offseason from National Christian, was hobbled by a sprained right knee. But he sliced the H.D. Woodson defense off the dribble for a layup to give Dunbar a 10-point lead. Risby, who played last season at Montrose Christian, followed with two free throws with 27 seconds left.
"I was really proud about how in sync Tre was," Dunbar Coach Lorenzo Roach said. "Earl had a few too many turnovers, but he is the glue that keeps everything together. Eric was struggling a little bit, but you can see what he can do for us."
H.D. Woodson senior guard Mike McDonald finished with a team-high 20 points.
In the girls' game, junior center Maya Toney (16 points) and guard Laquanda Brandon (14 points) paced No. 8 Dunbar to a 58-43 victory over H.D. Woodson. The Crimson Tide improved to 3-0, the Warriors are 2-4.
Dunbar took a 45-25 lead behind an 11-2 run in the third quarter. In the fourth, the Crimson Tide opened by scoring 10 straight points, capped by a short baseline jumper by Toney.
Dunbar outrebounded Woodson 29-18.
The 6-foot Toney and the 6-1 Hope Foster each grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Crimson Tide.
"I like to clean up for my teammates," Toney said. "And if we're struggling on offense, I'll take the shot. We started out slow, but gradually we used our height advantage to get the victory."